News, Reviews & Interviews March 2018

Here’s an overview of the theatre scene in London’s West End, Off West End, and regional theatre in March 2018:

West End Theatre:

The West End continued to host a variety of acclaimed productions, including long-running favorites and newer hits:

  1. Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre: The phenomenon continued to draw packed houses with its innovative storytelling and dynamic performances.
  2. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical maintained its status as a must-see production.
  3. Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre: The enduring tale of justice, redemption, and revolution kept audiences enthralled.
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre: The magical two-part play set in the Harry Potter universe remained a huge attraction.
  5. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre: Disney’s visually stunning and musically engaging adaptation of the beloved animated film continued its successful run.

Other notable productions included:

  1. The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre: Jez Butterworth’s powerful play set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles continued its critically acclaimed run.
  2. Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre: The backstory of the witches of Oz remained a favorite with its spectacular staging and music.
  3. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre: The satirical musical from the creators of South Park continued to entertain with its irreverent humor.

Off West End Theatre:

Off West End theatres provided a range of innovative and intimate productions in March 2018:

  1. The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre: This immersive play about the Calais refugee camp was widely praised for its compelling narrative and staging.
  2. Network at the National Theatre: Starring Bryan Cranston, this adaptation of the 1976 film about a news anchor’s on-air breakdown continued to attract attention.
  3. The Writer at the Almeida Theatre: Ella Hickson’s play explored the challenges faced by a young female playwright in a male-dominated industry.
  4. The York Realist at the Donmar Warehouse: A revival of Peter Gill’s play about love and identity in rural Yorkshire.
  5. Anatomy of a Suicide at the Royal Court Theatre: Alice Birch’s play depicted the intertwined lives of three generations of women dealing with trauma and mental health.

Regional Theatre:

Regional theatres across the UK offered a diverse range of productions, from classic plays to contemporary works:

  1. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon: The RSC continued its season with productions such as Twelfth Night, Coriolanus, and A Christmas Carol.
  2. The National Theatre in London’s South Bank: The National Theatre showcased productions like Amadeus, Peter Shaffer’s play about Mozart, and Pinocchio, a musical adaptation of the classic story.
  3. The Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre: This theatre presented The Almighty Sometimes, a powerful drama about a young woman dealing with mental illness.
  4. Birmingham Repertory Theatre: The REP staged The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan’s classic drama about a family’s fight for justice.
  5. The Bristol Old Vic: The theatre featured Julius Caesar, a dynamic and politically charged production of Shakespeare’s play.

These productions illustrate the vibrant and diverse theatre scene in the UK in March 2018, showcasing a mix of blockbuster musicals, classic plays, innovative new works, and regional highlights.

News, Reviews & Interviews March 2018

Review of A State of Mind at the Etcetera Theatre

Review of Treading Water by Kathryn Gardner at the Vault Festival
Full Casting announced for Thoroughly Modern Millie Tour 2018
Pippin at Southwark Playhouse is ‘a marvellous musical | Review
Review of Father of Lies at the Vault Festival
Review of Curtains at the Rose Theatre Kingston
Review of NEST by Katy Warner at VAULT Festival 2018
Review of And the winner is… at the Vault Festival 2018
The Pendulum: A Hyper Reality theatre experience at the Vault Festival
Children’s cast announced for Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
New children’s cast and online lottery announced for Matilda the Musical
Cast Changes Announced for MISS SAIGON UK Tour
Review of Not I by Samuel Beckett at Battersea Arts Centre
Review of Bismillah! An Isis Tragicomedy at the Vault Festival
David Hunter launches Silver Lining EP
Review of Mistero Buffo by Dario Fo at the Cockpit Theatre
Review of F*ckingLifeMate at the Bread and Roses Theatre
Review of Tango After Dark at the Peacock Theatre, Sadler’s Wells
Review of The Tower Theatre Company’s production of 1984
Review of Naomi Sheldon’s Good Girl at the Vault Festival
Review of HIDDEN FIGURES: WW2 at COLAB Factory
Review of After Electra in the Coward Studio at Hampton Hill Theatre
Review of The Jungle Book at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Review of Checkpoint Chana at the Finborough Theatre
Review of Macbeth at the Olivier Theatre – National Theatre
Review of Glass Roots by Alexander Matthews at Tristan Bates Theatre
Review of Foreign Body at VAULT Festival – A play for the #MeToo Movement
Review of RedBellyBlack Theatre’s OK, Bye at the VAULT Festival
Review of Red Squash Theatre’s Stuffed | Brockley Jack Theatre
Review of Kandinsky’s Trap Street at the New Diorama Theatre
Review of Kindertransport at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Review of One Last Waltz: A play about Alzheimer’s
Review of The Sea by Tom Froy at Camden People’s Theatre
Review of The Dog Beneath The Skin at Jermyn Street Theatre
Tom and Bunny Save the World at Clapham Omnibus – Review
Production images released for Macbeth at the National Theatre
Full casting announced for Ruthless! The Musical at London Arts Theatre
Cast announced for Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8.30 – Jermyn Street Theatre
Final cast announced for Charles Court Opera’s THE MIKADO
Casting announced for Tartuffe at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Review of The Best Man at the Playhouse Theatre
Review of Dogfight the musical at the Bridewell Theatre
Review of Abducting Diana at the Hen and Chickens Theatre
Review of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em at Richmond Theatre
The UK premiere of Dirty Little Machine at the Vault Festival
Saturday Night Fever UK Tour based on the Paramount/RSO Film
Review of Muso at The Grant Museum
Review of Brief Encounter at the Empire Cinema Haymarket
Review of A Hundred Words for Snow | Vault Festival
Review of Between Us at Jermyn Street Theatre
Review of Suffragette City at WSPU Café – London Pavilion
Review of Great Expectations at Richmond Theatre
Review of Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm? at The Space
Review of Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s Br’er Cotton at Theatre503
Review of A State of Mind at the Etcetera Theatre
A Night of 100 Heroes at The Actors Church, Covent Garden – Sunday 15th April 2018
New cast and new tickets for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Review of Inauguration at Sprint Festival at Camden People’s Theatre
Review of Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass at Watford Palace Theatre
Bat Out of Hell launch: “London you are getting a rock show back”
Review of Lock and Key at the VAULT Festival 2018
Review of Dirty Little Machine at the Vault Festival
Review of I’d Be Lost Without It at Stratford Circus
MADHOUSE re:exit – an interactive, immersive experience – Review
Review of This Restless State at the Ovalhouse
Review of Timothy at the Vault Festival 2018
Review of A Girl and A Gun at The Vault Festival – London
Review of Old Fools by Tristan Bernays at Southwark Playhouse
Review of Together by Factory Irregular at Camden People’s Theatre
Review of Big Bad at Vault Festival – London
Take That perform with the cast of The Band to launch West End Season
The Great Wave – National Theatre co-production with the Tricycle Theatre
Cinderella: Vienna Festival Ballet Company – Theatre Royal Windsor
The Play That Goes Wrong cast announcement & new booking period
3Women Tickets London Trafalgar Studios | Starring Anita Dobson
Bat Out of Hell the Musical rehearsal photos 2018 London West End
Caroline, or Change at Hampstead Theatre – Review
The National Theatre and The Wardrobe Ensemble present The Star Seekers
Chicago London West End rehearsal photos | Phoenix Theatre
Oliver Phelps & Deborah Grant join the cast of The Case of the Frightened Lady
Review of Northanger Avenue by Jack Saville | White Bear Theatre
Fabrizio Cassol & Alain Platel – Requiem pour L. | Sadler’s Wells
Full cast confirmed for Molière’s Tartuffe at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Hackney Empire announces ALADDIN as 20th Anniversary Pantomime
The Old Vic announces bicentenary weekend celebrations
Mark Goucher extends touring rights for Hairspray into 2021
CAROLINE OR CHANGE transfers to the West End starring Sharon D. Clarke
Review of Lord of the Flies at Greenwich Theatre
Motown the Musical London West End new cast images
Give My Regards to Broadway Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Review of Kiss of the Spider Woman By Manuel Puig
Banana Crabtree Simon by David Hendon | Drayton Arms Theatre | Review
Review of Assassins at the Pleasance Theatre
Review of Philip Ridley’s Vincent River at Park Theatre
Review of The 4 Clowns of The Apocalypse
Review of Sh!t Theatre’s DollyWould | Soho Theatre
Three Sisters by Anton Chekov in a new version by Ross McGregor
Review of Adam Hannigan’s Game Night | Drayton Arms Theatre
Chess: full cast announced for London West End | London Coliseum
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Antony Gormley with monks from the Shaolin Temple – Sutra
RSC announces two relaxed performances for Matilda the Musical in 2018
Instinct Theatre and Quantum Frolic Theatre present: In The Shadow of The Mountain
Protocol Theatre presents: Rabbit by Nina Raine | Review
Rose Theatre Kingston presents Hansel & Gretel | 2018 Christmas Show
Pleasance London launch season for their new theatre space
Moonfleece by Philip Ridley at the Pleasance Theatre | Review
The Habit of Art starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland
Songs for Nobodies is ‘truly outstanding’ at Wilton’s | Review
Liza Pulman Sings Streisand – ‘a wonderful cabaret performance’
Yokes Night – Gerry’s On Stage Theatre Royal Stratford East | Review
Review of Soldier On by Jonathan Lewis at the Playground Theatre
Review of Ruthless! The Musical at London Arts Theatre
All Or Nothing the Mod Musical Gala Night photographs
Cardboard Citizens presents Cathy by Ali Taylor | Soho Theatre | Review
Q&A with Stephanie Street from the cast of QUIZ | Noël Coward Theatre
Richmond Theatre Tickets London | Tickets On Sale Now
Beginners by Tim Crouch at the Unicorn Theatre | Review
WILL or Eight Lost Years of Young William Shakespeare’s Life | Review
Review of Siobhan McMillan’s Mirrors at Leicester Square Theatre
Review of White Guy on the Bus at Finborough Theatre
Review of Love Me Now at Tristan Bates Theatre London
Review of An Abundance of Tims at the Bread and Roses Theatre
Review of A Spoonful of Sherman at Greenwich Theatre
Review of The World Goes ‘Round at Stockwell Playhouse


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